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Best Irish recipes

Add a pinch of Irish charm to your cooking this St Patrick’s Day with our traditional stew and soda bread, to boozy Guinness and Baileys twists on classic recipes

Looking for Irish recipes? Want to make the best Irish stew? Try our ideas below then check out our best Baileys Irish cream recipes.

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Best Irish recipes

Soda bread

A classic Irish bread recipe that takes less than an hour. Ideal for when you’re in a hurry, it uses just four ingredients. This one is made with a mix of wholemeal and plain flour.


Irish stew

A warming winter one-pot of lamb shoulder slow cooked in stout with swede and potatoes for a wholesome family meal.

Irish Stew Recipe

Lamb and Guinness stew

Check out our warming one-pot stew with creamy mash and peas. No pre-frying of ingredients required for this stew – it’s best to use a heavy cast-iron pot or casserole to conduct the heat evenly.

Lamb and Guinness Stew Recipe

Homemade Irish cream

This homemade Baileys makes a great present to take to hosts over the festive season and is great on its own, or when used to pimp-up hot chocolate.

Homemade Irish cream

Guinness rarebit

A clever Irish twist on a favourite snack to serve on St Patrick’s Day. Classic rarebit often contains a splash of ale – using Guinness gives a deeper savoury flavour to the finished dish.

Irish Rarebit Recipe

Cheddar soda bread with spring onion butter

No yeast? No problem! Whip-up a batch of cheesy Irish soda bread for lunch, with lashings of homemade spring onion butter on top.

cheddar soda bread

Slow-cooker Irish stew

This hearty, traditional stew is just the thing for dinner as the winter months roll in. Put the lamb and veggies in a slow cooker and leave for four hours.

Slow Cooker Irish Stew Recipe

Chocolate Guinness cake

Ever matched Guinness with chocolate? This pairing, originally made famous by Nigella Lawson, makes for a wickedly rich, dark sponge. Top with swirls of creamy chocolate icing.

A frosted chocolate cake with tea on the side

Baileys cheesecake

Baileys? Check. White chocolate? Check. Two ingredients that make for an utterly irresistible cheesecake, perfect for serving at dinner parties (or to keep all to yourself). Plus it calls for less than 10 ingredients, and is ready in under 2 hours!

Baileys Cheesecake Recipe With White Chocolate

Baileys cupcakes

Make our sophisticated cupcakes, infused with a classic festive tipple. Add another splash of Baileys to the buttercream for extra flavour.

Baileys cupcakes with swirled icing

Chocolate tart with Baileys ice cream

Some puddings are worth spending time making. This classic rich chocolate tart with homemade boozy Baileys ice-cream makes a special Irish-themed dinner party dessert or a lovely pudding for a family gathering.

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Chocolate Tart Recipe With Baileys Ice Cream

Baileys and white chocolate fudge

Homemade fudge is a great little sweet treat, and our Baileys twist is the perfect little energy booster or coffee accompaniment for St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Baileys and White Chocolate Fudge Recipe